A lot vs. Alot: 9 Grammatical Pitfalls
"go away!" 1838, from expression quicker than s'cat "in a great hurry," probably representing a hiss followed by the word cat.
"nonsense patter sung to jazz," 1926, probably of imitative origin, from one of the syllables used. As a verb, 1935, from the noun. Related: Scatting.
"filth, dung," 1950, from Greek stem skat- "dung" (see scatology).
: precise ''scat'' singingnoun
Pattering staccato gibberish sung to songs, esp jazz songs: Then I'd carry on some of my scatverb
: Scatting has almost always been used by jazz singers as an interlude
[1926+ Jazz musicians; origin unknown; probably one of the nonsense syllables used]
To drive or otherwise move very fast
[1950s+ Teenagers; fr early 1800s ss cat, a hissing address designed to drive away a cat; the earliest occurrence is in the expression quicker than ss'cat]
in biology, any of four species of fishes constituting the family Scatophagidae (order Perciformes). The few species are placed into two genera, Selenotoca and Scatophagus. They are found in marine waters or estuaries of the Indo-Pacific region from the western coast of India to New Guinea and northern Australia and also along the coast of Africa. Occasionally they may enter various freshwater habitats. Scats are known as scavengers, eating decaying plant and animal remains and fecal matter